Allegheny Gorge

Franklin, Pennsylvania

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The highlight of this hike is a viewing platform 480 feet above the Allegheny River. The trail follows an old wagon road to the ruins of a nineteenth-century iron ore furnace and then leads you across a plateau to the viewing platform. From there it descends another gorge to a stream with four cable bridges. The hike begins easily enough on two relatively level state game land access roads, but in less than half an hour, you’re headed down a steep gorge on a washed-out road alongside Bullion Run to the Bullion Run Iron Ore Furnace. That’s right; this road was once considered the best and easiest way to ship materials. Workers back in the 1800s used this route to transport dense iron ore and massive logs to the Bullion Run Furnace. Remember this road the next time you feel like complaining about your job.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

The highlight of this hike is a viewing platform 480 feet above the Allegheny River. The trail follows an old wagon road to the ruins of a nineteenth-century iron ore furnace and then leads you across a plateau to the viewing platform. From there it descends another gorge to a stream with four cable bridges.

The hike begins easily enough on two relatively level state game land access roads, but in less than half an hour, you’re headed down a steep gorge on a washed-out road alongside Bullion Run to the Bullion Run Iron Ore Furnace. That’s right; this road was once considered the best and easiest way to ship materials. Workers back in the 1800s used this route to transport dense iron ore and massive logs to the Bullion Run Furnace. Remember this road the next time you feel like complaining about your job.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Franklin
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,214 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, 158 S. Second Ave., Clarion; (814) 226-1901; www.dcnr.state.pa.us Pennsylvania Game Commission, Northwest Region, PO Box 31, Franklin 16323; (814) 432-3187
Local Maps: USGS Kennerdell, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Allegheny Gorge

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